Sunday, 10 June, 2007 12:45 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Tresa
BY MICHAEL GOMEZ
River Road / Aspirion recording artist Tresa Jordan.
2007 CMA Close Up News Service
For Tresa Jordan, music
came naturally and has been a dominate part of her life. She is
an artist who sings from the heart about the joys and heartaches
of real life. Jordan's journey began in the small Florida town of
"I was on stage
with my Dad and his band at the age of 10, but forced everyone in
my family to sit through hours of living room performances, school
plays and talent shows ever since the age of 3," Jordan said.
Determined to make her
dream of singing a reality, she auditioned and was accepted to the
Florida School of the Performing Arts where her creative juices
started flowing and she began writing songs. Jordan's heart was
yearning to pursue a career in Country Music so she packed her bags
and headed to Nashville.
Jordan found out quickly
how hard it is to break into the music industry and was soon waiting
tables to pay the bills. Seven years and three kids later, she emerged
from a failed marriage determined to rekindle her passion for music.
The songs she wrote reflected
both the good and bad times she had experienced. Eight of those
songs she co-wrote are featured on her self-titled debut album,
which was released last year on South River Road Records.
Produced by Jim Cooper,
the album is built around acoustic instruments, which, according
to Jordan, makes the music "organic, raw and natural; the instruments
match the lyrics." The lead single, "I Turn to Country,"
Jordan co-wrote with Robin Scoffield.
Jordan's songs reflect
her wide-ranging influences, which include Vince Gill, Alison Krauss,
Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton and Steve Wariner. From the contemporary
groove of "Underneath the Wheel" to the bluegrass feel
of "Ain't No Grave," Jordan's auspicious debut spotlights
the struggles and triumphs she has experienced on her journey to
become a Country star.
IN HER OWN WORDS:
What book is in your
"The Long Home by William Gay."
What moment in your
life would you relive if you could?
"Dancing on my Daddy's feet - that's why I wrote the song."
What song do you
wish you had written?
"'One More Day.'"
Which mode of transportation
do you prefer - planes, trains or automobiles?
"None. I am waiting for someone to invent a little traveling
space machine that will instantly take me to my destination."
Who is your dream
"That would be a tie between Keith Urban and Vince Gill."
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